Best At-Home Blood Pressure Monitors According to Consumer Labs Report

October 10, 2023 2 mins to read

It was found in a 2019 study, published in Hypertension, 45.8% of American adults could benefit from taking their blood pressure at home. An At-Home blood pressure monitor may be a worthwhile investment if your blood pressure get’s elevated when stressed…such as when going to the Drs. office for a check-up aka white coat syndrome.

Consumer Reports tested at-home blood pressure monitors for accuracy, comfort, clarity of display and ease of use. These were their top five picks. All are commercially available on Amazon and other large retailers and pharmacies.

  • Omron Platinum BP5450
  • Omron Silver BP5250
  • Omron 10 Series BP7450
  • A&D Medical UA767F
  • Rite Aid Deluxe Automatic BP3AR1-4DRITE

For an accurate blood pressure measurement in the doctor’s office or at home during the day, follow these guidelines:

Don’t exercise, smoke or drink coffee or caffeinated beverages within 30 minutes of measuring your blood pressure. Also, empty your bladder and relax for at least 5 minutes beforehand.
Sit with your back straight on a firm chair. Avoid sitting on the couch as that encourages slouching. Keep your feet flat on the floor and do not cross your ankles or legs.
Make sure your arm is supported on a flat surface, such as an armrest or table, with your upper arm at heart level.
Place the blood pressure cuff directly above the bend of your elbow on bare skin. Do not measure on top of clothes. The cuff should be snug but not too tight nor too loose. Press the start button and remain still while the pressure is being taken.
Measure your blood pressure at the same time every day and take multiple readings each time. Ideally, take 2 readings 1 minute apart, and record the results.
Based on the featured study, consider taking your pressure twice daily, to compare measurements: once during the day and once in the evening after lying down for 20 minutes.

This information is from an article courtesy of Dr. Mercola, I simply modified it for my own article and to share it with others.

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